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August 31, 2016

Ganesh Chaturthi Pooja Procedure | Puja Vidhi | Pooja Vidhanam

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Ganesh chaturthi pooja vidhanam

I have shared Ganesh Chaturthi Pooja / Pooja vidhi / Pooja vidhanam with slokhas and mantra in PDF format in Tamil as per my readers request. Last year I made a post on with details about Abishekam things, pooja items along with its procedures and Ganesh chaturthi recipes links. But it is purely based on my family’s tradition and practice. Some people have the practice of keeping Kalasha and Gouri on this day.

Recently one of my readers requested me to share Ganesh Chaturthi Pooja Vidhanam/Puja vidhi along with mantras just like my Varalakshmi Vratham pooja post. So I referred my book “Avanai maadha Pooja Vidhanam” ( My friend Shalini’s gift) and shared the slokhas, detailed pooja method with pictures and Ganesha story in PDF format ( you can see at the end of post) to help people who wish to celebrate Ganesh chaturthi pooja in an authentic way. I have shared pooja vidhanam in Tamil. So I have mentioned some useful links for pooja vidhi in Sanskrit, Hindi, Telugu and Kannada at the end of the post. Hope you find them useful.

Ganesh Chaturthi festival is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha. He is the first worshipped God before any holy puja or occasion. This year 2023, Vinayagar Chaturthi festival falls on September 18th, Monday as per Vaakiya panchangam. This festival is also known as 'Vinayak Chaturthi' or 'Vinayaka Chavithi' . It is observed during the Hindu month of Bhadra in Hindi /Avani in Tamil (mid-August to mid-September). For more information on Ganesh chaturthi festival, click this link .
Click this Video on how to make Homemade Ganesh using Kozhukattai dough.

For Ganesh chaturthi Kolam/Rangoli designs, please Visit my in-laws blog for Learn kolam.

Disclaimer : The pictures and pooja procedures I shared in this post are from a devotional book gifted by my friend. This is just one of the ways of celebration. It may vary from place to place. Please consult the elders in your family and follow your tradition. Beginners can follow this if you don’t have any specific procedure at home. Thanks for visiting this page.

How to celebrate Ganesh chaturthi at home


List for Abishekam, pooja and neivedyam
  • Ganesh idol

  • Wooden plank or peeta to place Ganesha

  • Flowers

  • Milk

  • Curd

  • Honey

  • Tender coconut water

  • Water

  • Rice flour

  • Sesame oil

  • Turmeric powder

  • Shikakai powder

  • Kumkum,Sandal paste

  • Panchamirtham (Curd based delicacy consisting of Panch(5) items: Milk, Sugar, Ghee (clarified butter), Honey, Bananas)  Some items are not shown in pic.

    Ganesh chaturthi pooja


    For Decoration and pooja

    • Vastram for Ganesha ( New blouse bit or dhoti cloth)

    • Mupiri nool for poonool ( 3 threaded string)

    • ArugamPul (Bermuda grass (English). Arugampul (Tamil), Dhub (Hindi), Durva (Sanskrit). Karuka (Malayalam), Garikagoddi (Telugu), Garikoihallu (Kannada))

    • Tulsi leaves ( Its allowed only on this day)

    • Vellerukku Malai ( White flower garland, refer the above picture)

    • Yellow rice/Akshathai

    • Flowers

    • Kumkum, Sandal powder

    • Incense stick

    • Camphor

    • Sesame oil & ghee for lamp

    • Fruits, coconut, betel leaves & betel nut for offering

    • Banana leaf

    • Turmeric powder for manjal pillayar

        For Neivedyam recipes

        Click THIS LINK for Neivedyam recipes collection.

    • Coconut

    • Jaggery

    • Chana dal/Moong dal

    • Sugar

    • Besan

    • Urad dal

    • Green chillies, ginger, salt ( for pooran)

    • Raw rice for payasam

    • Urad dal for vada

    • Wheat flour,banana & jaggery for appam

    • Sesame seeds for ellu urundai

    • Click HERE to see the no onion no garlic lunch menu cooking with ingredients

    how to celebrate ganesh chaturthi

    Abhishekam Order

    how to celebrate ganesh chaturthi

    Benefits of Abhishekam
    PANCHAGAVYAM - Removes all sins of mankind
    PANCHAMRUTHAM - Gives wealth
    GHEE- Gives Moksha state
    MILK - Gives long life
    CURD - Gives Good Children
    HONEY - Melodious voice
    RICE POWDER - Frees from debts
    SUGAR CANE JUICE - Gives good health and removes enmity
    LIME JUICE - Removes fear of death
    TENDER COCONUT JUICE - Gives enjoyment and full satisfaction in life
    SANDAL PASTE - Gives Lakshmi's Grace
    SUGAR - Removes enmity
    Source :
    how to celebrate ganesh chaturthi

    Abhishekam should be done by the elders of the family. In our house, my daughter sits with my husband and do the abhishekam :)  Refer the above picture. If you are having Ganesha made of Turmeric powder, soft clay or Kozhukattai dough, pour water and other abhishekam items only in spoons else Ganesha will dissolve in water.

    You can chant this Ganesha Gayathri mantram while doing Abhishekam.
    Om Tatpurushaya Vidmahe Vakratundaya dheemahi, Tanno Danti Prachodayat”

    Draw Kolam/Rangoli on where you are going to do the pooja. Take all the abhishekham items in a plate as shown in the picture. Keep a bowl full of water. Keep some flowers in a plate. Keep an incense stick and a camphor ready.Take a wide plate ( thambaalam). Place a wooden plank inside it and keep the Ganesh idol. Start the abhishekam by putting some flowers and few drops of water. Before doing abhishekam,keep this mind. Ganesh idol should not fall down during abhishekam. So do not pour more water. Touch the idol carefully with support.

    First do the sesame oil abhishekam, then apply shikakai powder. Wash it well by adding water. Then apply turmeric powder, light the incense stick and show the dhoop & dheep. Mix rice flour in water and do the abhishekam. Then comes milk, lemon juice, tender coconut water, curd, panchamirtham followed by honey. Collect the panchamirtham with honey in a plate. Pour some water and then continue with sandal paste, Kumkum and lastly viboodhi abhishekam. Finish the abhishekam with little milk. Show the dheep. Pour water and start to decorate the Ganesh. Collect all the abhishekam water in the wide plate and pour in tulsi plant or under some trees.

    Lord Ganesha Decoration

    Wipe the idol with a clean cloth. Put a poonool / Mupiri nool(3 threaded string) from left to right keeping Ganesha facing towards you. Then wear a new cloth for the idol. Decorate with Tulsi leaves (Generally Tulsi should not be used to decorate Ganesha. But it is allowed only on this day.) Vellerukku malai, arugampul malai and flowers. After abhishekam and decoration, start doing the pooja.

    How to do pooja

    Check out this PDF for detailed pooja stotras in Tamil. Please download it and follow the directions if you wish to make pooja with kalasam.

    Before you start the pooja, keep lots of flowers, leaves and Arugampul in a plate. Make a small cone shaped pillayar/Ganesh with turmeric powder and keep a kumkum dot. Keep a small bowl full of Panchamirtham and a spoonful of honey in a bowl.

    If you are placing Kalash, It should be placed firmly on a Copper/Silver plate with rice spread on it. A Coconut is placed over the mouth of the Kalash. Five mango leaves are placed inside the kalash before placing the coconut (like a skirting).

    The decorated Ganesha Idol can be placed above on a table/stool and the Kalasha and its plate can be placed in the ground. Light the lamp on the sides of Ganesha. Keep the small turmeric Ganesha( made of turmeric powder mixed with little water) nearby the idol. Keep kumkum & flowers. Place a plate with 5 types of fruits, broken coconut, betel leaves and nuts in front of the God.
    In another plate or banana leaf, spread the neivdeyam recipes. Kozhukattai varieties comes to the left side of Ganesha. Rice and other items has to be kept in the usual order. Refer picture for the idea. Keep payasam and aval.pori kadalai/Puffed rice with peanuts in small bowls. Start doing the pooja.

    For any pooja, Poorvanga pooja is considered as Pradhana pooja. So keep the turmeric Ganesha before the Ganesh idol and start the poorvanga pooja mantra. 

    Check out this PDF for detailed pooja stotras with method in Tamil. Please download it and follow the directions. Finish the pooja with mangala aarti !

    Ganesha Chaturthi pooja vidhi with mantras in sanskrit / english

    Please use to transliterate the mantras to your script (tamil / telugu / kannada ) from Devanagari.

    Siddhi Vinayaka Ashtottara sadha namavali  in other languages

    Sanskrit -

    Tamil -

    Telugu -

    English - IAST -


    • Click this LINK for Pooja Vidhanam Audio in Telugu
    • Check this LINK , LINK for Pooja Vidhanam Audio in Tamil
    • For Hindi version, check this youtube video LINK

     After celebration procedures ( Visarjanam)

    On Chaturthi evening, make wheat flour appam and do the neivedyam. The next day morning, you can keep idli for neivedyam or simply fruits would do. On afternoon, keep dal and rice with ghee for neivedyam. Continue this neivedyam till Ganesha stays in your house. The next day or the third day, take the ganesha idol along with flowers, vastram, some puffed rice, jaggery and fried gram dal (Do not remove anything from idol) and put it in water. Let the Ganesh idol dissolve in water and take away all the misfortunes of people.
      Click THIS LINK for Neivedyam recipes collection.
    ganesh chaturthi pooja vidhanam

    Neivedyam Recipes

    Easy, no cook sweet pooranam kozhukattai moong dal pooranam kozhukattai

    Easy ulundu kozhikattaiammini kozhukattai

    3 kozhukattai varieties Paal kozhukattai with milk

    Sweet appam Paal kozhukattai with jaggery

     sweet samosa
    Please click this LINK for full collection of neivedyam recipes. This is the LINK for Kozhukattai making Videos & Homemade Ganesh idol using rice flour dough.

    Disclaimer : The pictures and pooja procedures I shared in this post are from a devotional book gifted by my friend. This is just one of the ways of celebration. It may vary from place to place. Please consult the elders in your family and follow your tradition. Beginners can follow this if you don’t have any specific procedure at home. Thanks for visiting this page.

    Wish you all a very happy Ganesh chaturthi !
    Thanks for visiting this page !

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    Dhaaru said...

    Excellent Chitra! Wish you a happy ganesh chaturti :)

    Chitra said...

    Thank you. Wish you a very happy Ganesh chaturthi :)

    Unknown said...

    Very well done chitra. I really like your post. Wish you Happy ganesh chaturthi... ganpati bappa morya..
    I am going to buy 8 Mukhi Rudraksha beads in this ganesh chaturthi. The wearer is blessed with knowledge, wisdom and wealth.

    Unknown said...

    very nice post chitra. Happy ganesh chaturthi

    Chitra said...

    Thank you!

    lakshmi said...

    Ganesh Chaturthi Puja - It is preferable to do Ganesha puja on the Chaturthi day at the noon, however you can perform the pooja as per your wish when all the members of your family are present and to eradicate loans and bring prosperity. Read More

    Unknown said...

    Thank you so much

    Chitra said...

    You are welcome :)

    Unknown said...

    Thank you for the post, happy Ganesh chaturthi

    Unique Srinivas said...

    Nice madam , and thank you very much

    Chitra said...